First published: Spring 1996
On January 7, 1996, Johann Hauser died suddenly and totally unexpectedly. At first, none of us could believe it.
To my knowledge, Johann Hauser was the first artist who – in spite of spending most of his life as a patient in a psychiatric hospital – attained international status while still alive.
In 1979, he had his first major one-man show at the municipal gallery in Munich's Lenbachhaus. In the very same year he flew to London where he participated in the show 'Outsiders'. While in London he met Victor Musgrave, Roger Cardinal and Monika Kinley. In 1980, he had another one-man exhibition at the Kunsthalle Koln in Cologne and together with Oswald Tschirtner he was featured in a two-man show at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art.
This is an article extract; read the full article in Raw Vision #14.